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Thousands in Scotland spend night without gas in freezing conditions

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | December 2, 2019
Thousands of people spent the night in homes without gas in freezing conditions after a failure in the network.
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Scottish Gas Network (SGN) is working to restore supplies to around 8000 properties after the problem started on Sunday, but said it could be several days before supplies are restored to everyone.

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Electric hot plates and heaters are being handed out to vulnerable residents and those with young children.

Fourteen schools, nurseries and education facilities in the Falkirk area were closed on Monday due to the issue.

SGN has set up an information centre at Camelon Community Centre.

It said electric hot plates and heaters are available for residents with young children and vulnerable and older people.

"It's difficult to estimate how long it will take to restore supplies at this stage. We'll be updating our website with further information as it becomes available," the company said.

On Monday the company wrote: "By the end of last night, our engineers had turned off gas supplies to more than 3,000 homes across the Bainsford, Carron, Carronshore, Larbert, Langlees, New Carron Village, Skinflats and Stenhousemuir areas of Falkirk.

"We’ve restarted visiting homes this morning and we’ll be calling at as many more affected properties as possible to turn off your gas supply at the meter today. We’re drafting in extra engineers from across Scotland to help reach everyone as quickly as possible."